Curriculum Objectives

This graduate course unit provides students with demonstrated initiative and creativity an opportunity to focus at an advanced level in a particular area of Religious Education, under the tutelage and guidance of a specialist in the field. The unit is designed to refine the skills of independent study by allowing the student to define their own study, and to set their own goals by means of an extended guided reading program.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • develop a focused topic for independent scholarly investigation
  • conduct independent research, under supervision, in terms of locating, utilising and referencing a wide range of appropriate primary and secondary sources
  • analyse and evaluate with critical empathy a range of disparate scholarly positions
  • defend an independent perspective on the topic of the investigation, and
  • produce a cogent set of researched findings in an extended piece of academic writing.

Assumed Knowledge 

D8120, D8121 & D9291


Associate Professor Kath Engebretson

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week session, comprised of:

  • At least 10 hour per week of directed study, including reading, research, consultation with tutor and writing up of assessment tasks.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.